Euro NCAP has released the results of the last safety assessment of the year, which included the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul and Kia Soul EV.
While Audi and Jeep appeared to do their homework properly, with both the A3 Sportback e-tron and Renegade getting five-star ratings, Kia’s Soul vehicles fell short of the maximum rating, scoring four stars apiece.
In the case of the conventionally-engined Soul, Euro NCAP noted that the car offered weak chest protection in the side pole test. However, Kia believes that the performance is an improvement on cars from early production and has committed to install the current-production side airbag in earlier vehicles. Obviously, Euro NCAP encourages all customers who are contacted by Kia to have their cars updated in order to reinforce the protection available in side impacts.
Besides the four crash tests, the organization has announced that BMW is the winner of the “Euro NCAP Advanced Reward 2014” for the Pedestrian Warning with City Brake Activation system. The technology warns the driver and prompts him or her to intervene if there is imminent danger of a collision with a pedestrian. You can see how the system works in the final video posted below.